Engaku-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
A large temple bell, a teahouse and a shrine that preserves a tooth of Buddha are highlights of this Zen temple, which has been designated a national treasure and is ranked number two of the city's five most powerful temples.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK513 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The temple is right next to Kita Kamakura station. The grounds are vast, so it will take some time to see everything. Engaku-ji is also the resting place of Ozu and Kinoshita.
Written 30 November 2023
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Engaku-ji temple in Kamakura is a serene haven with a rich historical backdrop. The majestic Zen architecture and meticulously manicured gardens evoke a sense of tranquility. A must-visit for spiritual seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.
Written 15 July 2023
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David N
Boston, MA180 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I don't know if it was just a peculiarity of when I visited, but a lot of the buildings were closed off, including (disappointingly) the one that claims to house the finger relics of the Buddha. Still, very convenient (2 min walk from Kita-Kamakura station) and lovely temple grounds to walk around.
Written 3 June 2022
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BROs IN JAPAN
Japan182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
You'll be surprised how close the Engaku-ji to Kita-Kamakura Station. It only takes about 2 minutes from the station's exit to the temple’s entrance, which is also why you'll still hear the train in the entrance area.
But once you pass through the magnificent Sanmon Gate you'll be surrounded by traditional buildings and nature. We recommend coming in June to also enjoy some hydrangea flowers.
Written 30 June 2021
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Andrew K
Zushi, Japan211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My wife and I live locally so we can visit this temple in all seasons. It always has a tranquil beauty to it that puts your soul to rest. Extensive grounds include many religious buildings, a lovely tea house and at the top of the nearby small mountain extensive views over Kanagawa with a view of Mt Fuji on a clear day.
Written 24 September 2020
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Emma C
Godalming, UK2,360 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
I came here with a Japanese friend on a rainy Saturday afternoon towards the end of November. At the time we were there most of the buildings were closed, but still it was a lovely spot to have a wander around and take it all in...oh and get some exercise as it's on a mountainside.
Written 11 February 2020
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Blank B
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The temple is very peaceful and mostly a place for religious observances. However, they do have a restaurant and at the very end of the path there is a small shrine. Worth visit, but won't take too long.
Written 4 January 2020
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NamasteHello
Harrogate, UK1,906 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is an extensive site with acres of space around the temple.....it is a quiet location and very peaceful ambience.but there is no one thing that stands out across the site. Worth a visit if in the area, though.
Written 16 October 2019
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Sora A
Montreal, Canada28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I liked this temple, also I like supporting nuns. It has a beautiful bamboo mini forest which is unusual. There was a class going on so we couldn’t see the I side of the main hall but I still had a good visit.
Written 3 September 2019
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Dana Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA1,300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Impressive, historic, inspiring Temple and grounds. Very well preserved Temple, recommended if you are visiting the Kamakura area.
Written 10 August 2019
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